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2014-02-24

Iowa Senate OKs bill to limit restraint use

The Iowa Senate has passed a bill requiring rules on the use of restraints on pregnant women in prisons and jails to be uniform and to be made public. The Senate unanimously voted in favor of the measure Monday to…

posted 2014-02-24 20:18:29 by KXEL

Iowa Senate OKs stun gun training standardization

The Iowa Senate says Iowa law enforcement officers should go through standardized training before being allowed to use stun guns. The Senate unanimously approved a bill Monday to regulate usage of the devices.  The legislation now goes to the House.…

posted 2014-02-24 20:17:07 by KXEL

Iowa City shelter ends cat quarantine

The cat room at the Iowa City animal shelter is open again for visitors looking to adopt and for new cats needing a home. The cat area of the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center has been closed for…

posted 2014-02-24 20:15:32 by KXEL

Random face punching incidents reported in Ames

Ames police are investigating a series of reports in which a man randomly punched people in the face and ran to a waiting getaway car. Two assaults were reported on Feb. 16 and another Saturday night. The victims report walking…

posted 2014-02-24 20:13:25 by KXEL

Court to hear workers comp commissioner lawsuit

The Iowa Supreme Court has set a date to hear arguments in a lawsuit filed by the state's workers compensation commissioner against Gov. Terry Branstad. Justices say they'll hear attorney arguments at 7 p.m. March 4 in the Supreme Court…

posted 2014-02-24 13:39:29 by KXEL

Judge rejects Iowa activist's marijuana lawsuit

A judge has rejected a marijuana activist's lawsuit that claimed the Iowa Board of Pharmacy should have recommended that the Legislature change the classification of the drug so it could be used in the treatment of medical conditions. Polk County…

posted 2014-02-24 13:25:16 by KXEL

Story County settles former worker lawsuit

Story County officials have agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a former employee of the county attorney's office who claims she was unjustly fired and denied payment for overtime. An order entered by Magistrate Judge Ross Walters in U.S.…

posted 2014-02-24 13:01:40 by KXEL

Police release names in Cedar Rapids murder-suicide

Authorities have identified the people who died in Friday's murder-suicide in southwest Cedar Rapids. Police say 52-year-old LuElla Koopman of Cedar Rapids was the victim.  The assailant has been identified as her estranged husband, 54-year-old Dennis Koopman of Elberon. Cedar…

posted 2014-02-24 12:27:36 by KXEL

Marion financial services company fined $775,000

An eastern Iowa financial services company has been fined $775,000 by industry regulators for failing to supervise the sale of alternative investments. Berthel Fisher & Co. Financial Services and its affiliate Securities Management & Research, both based in Marion, were…

posted 2014-02-24 12:16:19 by KXEL

Drakesville man pleads not guilty in animal case

A Drakesville man has pleaded not guilty to charges related to the discovery of more than 20 animals in a van. Officials say 45-year-old Roger Blew entered his plea Friday in Wapello County district court.  He was charged with improperly…

posted 2014-02-24 11:04:06 by KXEL

Trial begins for Iowa City pharmacist accused of fraud

A trial is starting for an Iowa pharmacist accused of fraudulently billing an insurance company for life-saving drugs sent to hemophilia patients. Michael Stein, the owner of Pharmacy Matters in Iowa City, has pleaded not guilty to 15 counts of…

posted 2014-02-24 10:51:43 by KXEL

Miller-Meeks announces she'll seek US House seat

Mariannette Miller-Meeks says she'll seek the Republican nomination to Iowa's 2nd Congressional District in her third try for the House seat. Miller-Meeks announced Sunday night that she'd seek the seat now held by Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack. Miller-Meeks, of Ottumwa,…

posted 2014-02-24 09:39:00 by KXEL

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